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Gov't confirms its websites have been hacked, again

Published:Monday | December 15, 2014 | 6:17 PM

The Government is reporting that some of its websites have been targeted by computer hackers over the past three weeks.

Earlier today, the Opposition spokesman on Information Communication Technologies, Dr Andrew Wheatley, claimed that least 15 government websites have been the targets of cyber criminals.

But this afternoon, the junior minister in the Technology Ministry, Julian Robinson, said only 10 of the Government's web sites were infiltrated.

He, however, withheld information on the source of the attacks saying it may compromise investigations.

Notwithstanding, Robinson is seeking to assure that the Jamaican authorities are working to address the situation.

Robinson is also downplaying the criticisms by the Opposition that the public should have been made aware of the attacks.

The junior minister said the situation highlights that Jamaica is exposed to cyber attacks as more technologically advanced countries in the world.

This is not the first time that the Government's websites are being hacked.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is among those which have been hacked in the past.

The Opposition says the Government needs to immediately enact recent recommendations for amendments to the Cyber Crimes Act and finalise a national cyber security strategy.

The Cyber Crimes Act was passed in the Parliament in 2010, to provide criminal sanctions in relation to the misuse of electronic systems.

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